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[roo-tee, roo t-ee] /ˈru ti, ˈrʊt i/
adjective, rootier, rootiest.
abounding in or consisting of roots.
Origin of rooty1
First recorded in 1475-85; root1 + -y1
Related forms
rootiness, noun


or rooti

[roo-tee, roo t-ee] /ˈru ti, ˈrʊt i/
noun, Indian English.
First recorded in 1880-85, rooty is from the Hindi word rōṭī Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The only two who really ran some risk of danger were Toppy and rooty.

    Sweethearts at Home S. R. Crockett
  • I'm havin' a bit of rooty (food) 'fore goin' to kip (sleep).

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill
  • And rooty ran as hard as ever he could, without ever taking a minute to shut the cellar door.

    Sweethearts at Home S. R. Crockett
  • First the sod and rooty stuff, and then down around the gravelly mass below, they plied their digging tools.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • The force of the blow, and the rude reception of the rooty antlers, seemed to take all the fight out of her.

    Johnny Bear E. T. Seton
  • Every little while along the rooty, hummocky banks of the creek I would pass a muskrat's slide.

    Roof and Meadow Dallas Lore Sharp
  • The fall of acorns, leaping out of their matted green cups as they strike the rooty earth.

    Famous Authors (Men)

    E. F. (Edward Francis) Harkins
  • He retired down the rooty slope and disappeared in the direction of the inn, where he informed Johns of the circumstances.

    Wessex Tales Thomas Hardy
  • Even as the little party watched, the great shovel plunged down, straight down, burying its great teeth in the rooty ground.

Slang definitions & phrases for rooty



Sexually aroused; horny

[1960s+; fr root, ''penis'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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